Dozens of Corpus Christi firefighters gathered at their Union Hall Tuesday, for a solemn memorial for one of their own.
Charles Morton Rogers was a firefighting brother who passed away earlier this month. He made quite a difference in the lives of those around him.
Rogers had been fighting cancer for many years. He died on July 12 at the age of 61.
"The best thing I can say about Morton is he was a loving man, and always made me laugh," his friend Sally Hammons said.
He was a Navy Corpsman for six years, and a firefighter for over 29 years. He had a double lung transplant and battled cancer for 18 years. Family and friends all described him as a funny, playful man who was full of life, and was a fighter.
"Morton had a profound impact on my life," Pastor David Henneke said. "He lived what he believed in. It wasn't just words for Morton. It was actions. He never complained. Never grew bitter, but just loved God in everything."
The family asked that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. They also ask that people consider being an organ donor.
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